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3 Reasons to Skip Work (Once in a While)

By Genevieve Cunningham

As adults in America, we've been programmed to work. Since we were little, we've been encouraged to pick a career, get a job, and work hard. We're encouraged to take the overtime hours, to come in early, to do whatever it takes to get the job done. In some situations, this is good advice. Sometimes working long hours is necessary. But it's also important to take time off. Actually, it's really important! If you're guilty of working nonstop with little in the way of rest, take a look at these good reasons to skip work once in a while for a reset and boost in health.

To Reset Your Mental Health

Sometimes we need a day off to improve mental health. Work can be tough. Life can be tough. And if we never take the time to rest and reset, it can damage the way we feel about ourselves and about daily life. If you have a day to spare, and you're feeling even slightly overwhelmed, take a day for yourself. Your mental health is important, and if all it takes is a day off to reset, then it's definitely worth it.

To Lower Stress

Work can be stressful. While this probably isn't a surprise and may not really feel like a problem, too much stress can severely damage your health over time. Taking an occasional day off can lower stress and make you feel more relaxed. Just don't take your work with you! If you're taking a day off, take it! All of your work will be waiting for you when you get back. Take the day, do something fun, and allow the stress to melt away before you go back the next day.

To Enjoy Life

We're not born to work and work and work without ever enjoying life. It's OK to enjoy your life. It's OK to go on a trip or visit a new place or to simply relax at home with your family. If you haven't taken a day to soak in your life lately, do it. Enjoy your home and your bed and your family. Enjoy exploring the city or playing with your kids or meeting friends. We work so that we can live! Make sure that you're reaping the reward at some point by enjoying the life you have.

You have to work. We all have to work, and that's OK. But it's also OK to take a day off now and again. It's good for you. It's healthy! Take your days and don't feel guilty about it. You'll work plenty, more than enough. At the end of your life, you'll be glad for those days spent at home enjoying all that life has to offer.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arlington, Tex.

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